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Re: Re: Kazaa Lite Companion

by Dragonfly (Priest)
on Jul 22, 2002 at 13:20 UTC ( #184030=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Kazaa Lite Companion
in thread Kazaa Lite Companion

Trojan horse? Perhaps you are thinking of Kazaa, not Kazaa Lite.

And yes, I thought I clearly stated in my first two posts that I want to download (or leech, as you disparagingly refer to it) some files from "the community" under the Fair Use Act (because I already own a copy, or "license", of the materials in question) without running a server, which would be a clear violation of my ISP's Terms of Service agreement.

And thank you for the compliment, but frankly, there is a very slim chance that my script will be used by everyone (or even a select few, for that matter) in the "community". I highly doubt the ~2.0 million logged in users of Kazaa particularly care that my node doesn't have "spiderman~~_DiVX_rip_.avi - SHARE OR YOUR DOWNLOAD WILL BE CANCELED!!!" available. The nice thing about peer to peer software is that there is always someone out there ignorant or careless enough to break the law; that doesn't mean I have to do it.

In regards to "giving back to the community", I feel no obligation to operate a server for the benefit of other users on a public network, even if I'm using said public network. Why should I? Most of the users of Kazaa and Morpheus don't show any respect to our programmer brethren; they sit online 24/7 gorging themselves on copyrighted programs, music, and movies, without even considering the fact that they are taking the fruits of years of creativity and engineering with no regard for the livelihood of the creators. Why should I facilitate their efforts to rip other people off? If you're trying to take the moral high ground here, I think you might want to reconsider your argument.

I know some people have expressed discontentment already with their votes on this node, which is why I was a little reluctant to post it in the first place, but give me a break; not everyone who uses P2P software is breaking the law, and not everyone wants to give their ISP a reason to shut off their service without notice.

edit: corrected a typo after submitting.

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